The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority positively supports landowners and communities to manage and increase the amount of woodlands within the National Park. This is supported by the Dales Woodlands Strategy and the National Park Management Plan. Working with farmers and landowners to ensure that at least 70% of all woodland is in ‘active management’ by 2023 is one of the objectives agreed by the Authority and a wide range of local partner organisations in the National Park Management Plan 2019-24.
Since 2002, the ‘Dales Woodland Restoration Programme‘ has funded the creation of almost 1,000 hectares of new native woodland in the National Park, almost all of which is on privately-owned land.
Since June 2013, 227 hectares of new native woodland have been planted with funding from the Forestry Commission, the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and the National Trust.
The Authority is also an active participant within a pilot project being run by the Forestry Commission to look at the opportunities for businesses to become carbon neutral and support new woodlands by buying carbon credits. Not only will this help businesses to become green it will assist landowners to create new woodlands.
In addition, the management of existing woodlands will mean that they will start to regenerate and develop a wide age structure leading to more carbon capture than an unmanaged wood. The soil structure will develop and carbon will be retained.
For more information on trees and woodlands go to the ‘Trees and woodlands‘ section on the website.